Found myself on the 11th floor of a building near Colombus Circle – the flute center of New York, where there are flutes and headjoints a plenty…..mostly a little over priced.
Very easy to spend 4-5hours here, in the two roomed ‘apartment’.
Lets see, tried out all manner of headjoints: David Chu, Haynes, Powell, Burkhart, Williams, Arista…..silver, gold (rose, 14k, 19.5), platinum….a flute players candy store.
Oh….and then there were flutes to try…new & second hand…..
1916 wooden Haynes
Emmanuel (probably my favourite)
And may more…….and the piccolos too.
Took a 14k Haynes headjoint to trial for a while…..it made my commercial model Powell (1976 year) 30% louder and had a modern tone.
Fun. Friendly staff too.
Got my Powell repadded and tweaked at Weismann flutes by Luke Panella. With a new set of Straubinger pads, no leaks and no more movement in the key work….. It plays like a dream 🙂